Japanese Superfoods: Sesame

Sesame seeds have a long history, with research tracing their use dating back to almost 3000BC. Although they are thought to have originated in India,...

By Luisa Heenan
November 17, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Konjac

Konjac root has long been included in many Japanese weight loss diets for its near-zero calorie content and high fiber, so it’s no wonder that...

By Luisa Heenan
August 31, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Goya

Okinawa has become famous worldwide as one of the areas with the most centenarians, and much attention is focused on the Okinawan diet. When the...

By Luisa Heenan
April 21, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Kombu

Seaweed is one of the outstanding foods that project the uniqueness of the traditional Japanese diet. Seaweed and sea vegetables have been a key ingredient...

By Luisa Heenan
February 17, 2015 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Matcha

“Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.” These are the famous words...

By Luisa Heenan
October 7, 2014 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Nukazuke

We can gain so much knowledge and inspiration from some of these amazing Japanese elders on their traditional diet and way of living. One excellent...

By Luisa Heenan
September 9, 2014 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Natto

It has been dubbed the “Japanese Vegemite” due to its pungent odor and particular acquired taste. However, unlike my motherland’s breakfast favorite, Vegemite, natto deserves...

By Luisa Heenan
August 5, 2014 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Shichimi

The Huffington Post put shichimi togarashi on its list of 14 foods to add to your diet in 2014, but the Japanese have been onto...

By Luisa Heenan
June 23, 2014 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Japanese Superfoods: Miso

Although the rest of the world may have jumped on the kale, coconut oil and raw cacao obsession of “super foods,” we are so lucky...

By Luisa Heenan
May 20, 2014 | Food & Drink, Health & Beauty

Onsen Etiquette: Things to Know Before Taking the Plunge

Taking a bath seems simple enough. Something along the lines of "run the tap, allow to fill and get in" is pretty much how most...

By Juliette Olah
April 19, 2016 | Health & Beauty, Lifestyle

Japanese Style Homemade Vegetable Stock

Stocks and broths are a bit of an enigma in that they are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make, and yet most people don't realize...

By Kelly Wetherille
February 19, 2016 | Food & Drink

Shopping at Setagaya Boroichi, Tokyo’s Largest Flea Market

Shopping at posh department stores in Tokyo certainly has its cool vibe, but if you’re in search of something old and gold that won’t cost...

By Alexandra Homma
December 23, 2015 | Lifestyle